Yes it's possible, but as you mention in your third sentence you will need to edit some files. Ig you're not prepared to do this (every time you upgrade) then you're out of luck.
Ian, isn't that ironic? People hae been trying to do this for years (just Google it).
have not been able to find a proper stepthrough for handling files to do what I am looking to do. Worst - I found dozens of people that want to do this. I will consider a good online reference. The ones Iève read (tried) have not worked out with LR/6 2015 CC
Adobe: If I understand correctly you have templates for filenaming but none for folders (unless you fiddle with files).
Adobe: Why is this so complicated to build templates for folders (i.e. currently forcing us, for years, to use a Template that you came up with) ?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
I feel your pain, but so far Adobe, for whatever reason, has chosen to be deaf to this request.
If you feel inclined post a request here Photoshop Family Customer Community but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to be implemented.
In meantime, this thread has post by Rob Cole that might give a clue why the workaround isn't working for you Import settings with YYYY MM DD?
Thanks Ian. I read it last night.
I even found this:
Doesn't work with LR6. At least did not work for me unless I missed something.
What a pain.
If you are willing to import photos from one year at a time, you can do this via the Import dialog.
In the Destination pane:
- check the "into subfolder" box, then manually input the year you are importing for.
- organize "by date"
- date format "yyyymmdd" (all the way at the bottom of the dropdown list)
- navigate to the folder that you want the "yyyy" subfolder to be in
Doing the above is a good way to get new photos into the catalog using the folder name format you want.
The better option for importing all your existing pictures is to arrange the folders as you desire, then import them into the catalog using the "add" option so that Lightroom leaves the images exactly where they are with no renaming.